Switzerland
Lausanne District

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    • Day 1

      Départ de Lausanne

      April 28, 2022 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

      Voilà, nous sommes repartis sur la route à vélo, pour un petit voyage d’environ deux semaines ( à priori), en direction du Sud avant de bifurquer vers Lyon. Voilà le niveau de précision actuel… Le reste dépendra de la météo (nous avons les mêmes affaires qu’en Afrique de l’Est donc les nuits sont un peu fraîches en tente), de la motivation et des rencontres sur le chemin. Après avoir remis en état les vélos, allons-y pour la première étape : la traversée du lac Léman en bateau, puis cap sur Annecy.Read more

    • Day 41

      Lausanne 16 miles

      August 22, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌙 28 °C

      Dreadful night. Hot, sticky, noisy, airless. Sometimes camping isn’t as much fun as you think it should be.

      Off sharp as I was due to meet a young lady later. Temperature lovely for walking until the sun came up.

      Then another hot one. Forecast is for another couple of hot days and then start to reduce. By Sunday it might be 14C cooler. Can’t wait!

      The signs have completely changed in Switzerland. No more of the French signs with their Via Francigena symbols or Red and White flashes for the GR145. Even worse is the loss of the red and white crosses to indicate the wrong way. Now I need to know the name of the next place I am going to and hope that the Swiss have decided to mark a route going there. They have nice big signs listing all sort of places. After that they have large yellow diamond symbols to indicate the way. Trouble is they show the way to something. You don’t know it is the way you want, you just know it is the way to somewhere. And if you do go off route there is just a slow realisation that you haven’t seen any signs for ages to give you a clue that things are not going well.

      Reached Lake Geneva. Looked lovely with the Alps on the far side. Long walk along the lakeside, feeling very hot and sticky, carrying that damn great bag, passing all the young things lying about, wearing not a lot and looking a whole lot more comfortable than I was feeling.

      Reached Lausanne and then started walking uphill to get to the hotel. Passed a chemist where I got the temperature confirmed. Because the footprints automatically show the temperature for the time and place that I post (usually after 10pm) it has been suggested that I have been exaggerating the heat. Believe me I can tell the difference between backpacking in 26C and 36C.

      This city must be about the hilliest I have ever been to. All up, down and then back up again. Managed (just) to get to the hotel, drop the bag off, quick shower, change of clothes and off to the train station to meet the gaffer. By the time we got back to the hotel, via a wee ice cream halt, I needed another shower and change.

      Basic, but pricey Vietnamese dinner to follow. One course and a bottle of water got rid of £70. Of course, paying for two doesn’t help.
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    • Day 35

      Fechy

      July 10, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      We have had a lovely couple of days with Pierre-Yves and Claudia. They were incredibly kind. Evenings were a bit dangerous as Pierre-Yves is a very generous host.
      Hopefully we can return the favor soon.
      Waiting to catch ferry to France and the Alps
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    • Day 51

      Lausanne

      April 20, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

      In Lausanne angekommen besuchen wir zunächst die wunderschöne Kathedrale, wo wir auch einen Stempel bekommen. Anschließend statten wir der nächsten Buchhandlung einen Besuch ab, weil Jonas nach einem bestimmten Reiseführer für den nächsten Abschnitt des Weges sucht - leider haben sie ihn nicht auf Lager, aber er kann ihn bestellen und in ein paar Tagen in Genf abholen, wenn wir dort sind. Es fühlt sich lustig an, mit Rucksack und Wanderstab zwischen den Regalen mit Reiseführern umherzuwandern. Die komischen Blicke der Leute machen mir schon lange nichts mehr aus.
      Danach regnet es stärker und wir freuen uns schon sehr auf unsere Unterkunft: eine weitere Caminofreundin von Jonas, die gerade auf Urlaub ist, lässt uns in der Stadt in ihrer Wohnung schlafen! Ich bin unglaublich dankbar, dass ich dank Jonas zu solchen Unterkünften komme. Abends kochen wir uns ein leckeres Curry mit Reis.
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    • Day 55

      Day 53 - Cossonay to Lausanne

      June 11, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      The day started warm. Even at 5 a.m., I was quite comfortable sitting outside before the sun came up, with only my slides on and no jacket! I had a late start because it was Sunday (and breakfast is not served before 8 a.m.) and was grateful when the roadside walking, through farmland, changed to riverside walking (La Venoge). I got to Lake Geneva at 1:45 p.m. and got to walk almost 9 km along its shores. I don't know why, but I was surprised to see swans on the lake. I saw a terrific number of people today (the most I've seen this trip). There were loads of people all along the path today, walking, running, cycling - all getting out in nature on the weekend. Of course, being a beautiful, warm day (and the weekend), Lake Geneva was a big attraction. It was very hard to pick my photos today as I took so many. Note: My waymarkers are now a yellow diamond with a black border and are nowhere near as frequently as I would like. I have to refer to the app constantly! P.S. I look at those mountains and feel very intimidated. I weary today. P.S.S. the only downside was the SWARMS of midges or gnats that were all along the lake path!Read more

    • Day 8

      Day 5 - Pres de Vidy to Vevey

      June 8, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      The day began with waterfront walk. There were lots of people out exercising and going to work. I met #trailangels Stephan and Monica who bought me an ice cream and we have a neat chat about a charity they are involved in #Help-for-Hope. Then the day got reasonably hard as it was straight up not just one but twice. It felt like I climbed Everest but it was only a total of 500m ( I’m sure the sun wasn’t as hot as in the vineyards. 26.6km todayRead more

    • Day 1

      Lausanne-Kathedrale

      July 1, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Die gotische Kathedrale hat nicht mehr viele Originale, was die Ausstattung angeht, das wunderschöne Eichenchorgestühl stammt aus der Erbauungszeit von 1275. Das Portal wurde originalgetreu im 19.Jh. rekonstruiert.
      Vom Turm hat man eine fantastische Sicht auf den Glockenturm und die Stadt.
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    • Day 42

      Rivaz 10 miles

      August 23, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      For complicated reasons today was a bit different. We walked the next 10 miles of the Via and then got the train back so we had 2 nights in the one hotel. The first time in the last 6 weeks that I have stayed more than 1 night anywhere.

      First we opted for the hotel breakfast but as this cost 15SFr each we had to go some to justify the cost. Took an hour and we did our level best.

      Felt really strange to start walking without the big bag. Could really get used to it very easily. Very gentle walking along the lake-side, stopping repeatedly at benches when they were in shade. Very chilled out but it seemed to take ages to cover just 5 miles for the first half. And it was anything but chilly. You might have thought that the lake would have kept it a little cooler but it didn’t seem to.

      Despite passing many restaurants full of folk enjoying fancy lunches we settled for pilgrim fare of tart, bananas and water from a supermarket. At 5SFr probably better value.

      In the afternoon the route headed up the terraces for even better views.
      Lovely air-conditioned train back to Lausanne. Spot of sight-seeing up the tower of the cathedral and back to the hotel.

      After 6 weeks virtually tee-total it didn’t take long to fall under Glynice’s influence and have a couple of pints of lager for tea together with some sort of Swiss tapas. So much better than last night. Might get used to it I suppose.
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    • Day 7

      Day 4 Cossonay to Lausanne

      June 7, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      23 km as I am staying the night at the youth hostel Jeunotel instead of another couple of km all the way to central Lausanne. The day started with funicular ride down the hill instead of walking the dirt path down. Then gradual climb through farmland and Forrests. Saw a guy painting a mural on a wall of one of the old community washing fountains. Then it was down hill to follow the river. There were lots of people out walking and running. Then all of a sudden the path came out at Lac Leman with a fabulous view of the Swiss and French alps. Lots of people out and about. So I sat down and had my first ice cream. Not as good as the Italian gelato but I enjoyed it nevertheless The kindergarten children were sleeping on the grass on sleeping mats in the park with their Nannie’s. On the whole it felt like an easy day due to the lack of any mega hills. So all good. No ticks only ducks, swans, and crows. I think I even heard a woodpecker. I’m looking forward to walking along the lake front and vineyards with unripe grapes.Read more

    • Day 2

      Bushaltestelle in Lausanne

      September 18, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

      Hier, wo ich fast gestrandet oder eskortiert worden wäre. « Madame, Sie überqueren eine Grenze. Da brauchen Sie (eigentlich) einen Passport. »
      Das gleiche Problem, wie eine dem Französischen mächtigere Mitfahrerin. Ich sitze brav mit meinem angesabberten Kopfkissen im Arm auf dem Sitz und warte auf das Damoklesschwert - er sagt, nächstes Mal bitte er mich einen Ausweis dabei zu haben und trägt sich etwas auf diesen elektronischen Dingern, die la police immer dabei hat, ein.

      Wieder 3 Sachen fürs Leben gelernt bzw. verfestigt.
      - Wäre ich woanders geboren, würde mir das Leben nicht immer noch 20 Extrachancen bereitstellen.
      - Lausanne liegt in der französischsprachigen Schweiz. (Es ist viertel nach 11 und es gießt grau aus allen Kübeln.)
      - Und eine Uniform verleiht tatsächlich Respekt, vor allem, wenn man sich selbst im Unrecht fühlt.
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    Lausanne District, District de Lausanne

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